Medal shape : Maltese cross.
Obverse design: Belgian lion, standing on its hind legs and facing left in a roughened gold circular centrepiece to the cross. The arms of the cross are enamelled black and edged with gold. The ends of each arm are cleft and each of the eight straight points are ball-tipped in gold, each ball being 2.5 mm in diameter. The points and hilts of two crossed swords protrude between the angles formed by the arms of the cross. The upper vertical arm is surmounted by a hinged Royal crown.
Reverse design: ornate 'A', monogram of King Albert, replaces the Belgian lion in the circular centrepiece to the cross. The remainder of design is as obverse.
Suspender form: ring, circular (attached to piece via orb on top of hinged crown).
Ribbon colours: green & red.
Ribbon pattern: green with a red stripe at either edge (8.5 mm wide).
(Component parts: medal, ribbon and rosette)
First World War period Belgian Military Cross awarded to Field Marshal Sir John Denton Pinkstone French, Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), August 1914 to December 1915.
(Reference: Hieronymussen, P : 1967 : Orders, Medals and Decorations of Britain and Europe : Blandford Press, London : p 153)